Winter is usually a quiet time for the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough—but this year, we’re shaking things up. In February, for the first time in ISC history, we’re launching the Storytelling Online Winter Series: an eight-week extravaganza to help you push away the pandemic winter doldrums.
Dark days and cold weather have always been an obstacle to attracting people to live storytelling shows in the depths of winter. Historically, January and February have been a time for ISC to buckle down on other projects. But since our storytelling concerts remain online for now, we’re taking it as an opportunity to expand the ISC calendar.
We’ve chosen twelve incredible storytellers to help us celebrate this milestone. For our launch on February 25, the Reverend Robert B. Jones will bring his soul-stirring stories and songs to a screen near you. Like all our Storytelling Online concerts, Jones’s show will air on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. You can watch it then, or anytime until the following Monday till midnight. The $15 ticket covers everyone in your household, so you only pay once.
We’re also offering seasonal tickets at a discount for the Winter Series. With a pass, you and your family can watch all eight shows for just $75.
The lineup will include two group performances. Beth Horner, Noa Baum, and Alton Chung will each tell a story for the March 4 concert. Then Bil Lepp, Motoko, and Gene Tagaban will come together for a children’s concert for the last show on April 22. That ticket is specially priced at $10.
Other performers who will be joining us during the Winter Series include Andy Offutt Irwin, Mara Menzies (who’s beaming in from Kenya!), Tim Lowry, Carol Birch, and Kim Weitkamp—some of the industry’s most dynamic, fascinating storytellers. Familiar stories, traditional tales, and new work will come together on our state-of-the-art online platform, which offers premium quality and painless access.
Storytelling is both a familiar comfort and a welcome distraction in these strange times, and as always, it makes for an excellent show. We hope you’ll join us on Thursday, February 25 (and most Thursdays after that)! Check out the full lineup here or go ahead and purchase tickets.